More support for youth
Service providers are working closely with schools in the Rockingham and Mandurah regions to support at-risk youth, according to a leading mental health professional.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) has 10 centres across the Perth metropolitan area, including in Rockingham and Peel, which provide assessment and treatment for young people ex- periencing a range of mental health issues. Community CAMHS director Adrienne Wills said support was on hand.
“Peel CAMHS has been working closely to support local schools that have been affected by the recent suicides of students, liaising with teachers, school psychology services and other agencies such as headspace to ensure appropriate services are provided to individuals and that systems are in place to support vulnerable young people,” she said.
“The CAMHS specialist service, Touchstone SUN-A, is one of the programs that is run at the Rockingham CAMHS centre and there is potential to provide this program in Peel.
“There is also a centralised day program based in Bentley called Touchstone, which is a three-day-a-week program and includes group and individual therapy and also has an educational component and creative therapies.
“Young people can be referred to Touchstone through Community CAMHS clinics.
“Children and their families can be referred to CAMHS services by their treating therapist, specialist, GP, school or other community organisation.”
Anyone who needs help is urged to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800.